Winsor Ridge Fire Update

June 29, 2020

Start date: June 26, 2020

Cause: Under investigation

Size: 2.3 acres

Location: Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) approximately 1.7 miles from the Winsor Ridge Trailhead at Cowles and approximately 20 miles north of Pecos

Containment: 100%

Fuels: Heavy fuels with a high concentration of dead and down timber and mixed conifer on steep slopes in rocky terrain

Weather:  RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT TODAY.  Widespread critical fire weather conditions are expected today across New Mexico. A cold front will sweep from west to east tonight but critical fire weather conditions will continue on Tuesday. Less wind is expected Wednesday through the end of the week, and moisture will likely be pulled northward into New Mexico by the end of the week, increasing the chance for showers and thunderstorms.

Resources on scene:  25 personnel on the ground. The helicopters have been released.

Values at risk: Cowles Ponds fishing site, Cowles Campground and Winsor Ridge recreation cabins administered under special use permits from the Santa Fe National Forest. There has been no damage to property.

Strategy: The strategy for the Winsor Ridge Fire is full suppression. Firefighters are monitoring fire behavior within the containment lines and continuing mop-up operations that started yesterday.

Safety: No injuries have been reported. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area around the Winsor Ridge Fire. Smoke is likely to be visible in the Pecos Canyon area. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Stage 2 fire restrictions: Over the weekend the SFNF reported a total of 13 illegal and/or abandoned campfires. Patrols on the Pecos/Las Vegas District found illegal campfires at Stewart Lake and Lake Katherine in the Pecos Wilderness as well as Davis Willow and Holy Ghost Campgrounds. Under Stage 2 fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal grills are prohibited.

Fire updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at and on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.

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